Forum Archive : Variations


From:   Lee
Date:   4 January 1997
Subject:   Re: any interesting variations out there?

Re: Acey-deucy.

I played this in Australia a few years ago, so here is my recollection
of the Aussie rules.

Each player begins with all 15 men on the bar.
Roll one die to see who goes first; the winner rolls again.
Players must roll a double (or 1-2) to begin entering their men from the
bar; thereafter they enter their men as normal, and the game is played
as normal except for the following differences:

When a player rolls 1-2 he plays 1-2, any double of his choice, and then
rolls again. If he cannot play the 1-2 in full, he plays what he can,
but loses out on the double, and the other player rolls.
When a player rolls a double, he plays it as normal (4x) and then rolls
again. If he cannot play the double in full, he loses the rest of his
play. (In one acey-deucy variation, the remainder of any 1-2 or double
that cannot be legally played reverts to the opponent).

Once a piece has entered its home board it is frozen and cannot be moved
again (unless hit and recirculated, or removed in the bear-off).

A man that has been hit (whether during the initial 15 man entry stage,
or after) can only re-enter with a legal double (or 1-2) from the bar.
This means that after rolling your initial double, which allows you to
begin entering the rest of your men from the bar as normal, you would
have to roll another valid double (or 1-2) to continue playing.

In the bear-off, as the pieces are frozen, they can only be taken off
with exact numbers; e.g. with one man remaining on each point, it would
require at least three perfect rolls combining 1-2-3-4-5-6 to clear them
all, unless you roll a 1-2, in which case you would remove the 1-2 and
any one other (by playing a double). If a point is vacant in the bear-
off, that number is wasted.

It is not unusual in this variation for the first player who rolls a
double to win a quadruple (4x the cube), with the other still on the bar
with all 15 men.
It is also not unusual for the same to occur, except that the blitzing
player is hit in the bear-off, and stays on the bar while the other
player enters all 15 men, sweeps around the board and bears-off.

Most games end up with both players struggling to roll a specific number
in the bear-off.

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Gern Blanston  writes:

This is almost exactly how we play (we play ALL the time).  Only
variation is that if you get acey-deucy (1-2) you play the 1-2 then you
roll one of the dice again.  Whatever that one lands on is what you get
for your double.  That is, play your 1-2 (assuming you can, if not, your
done), then roll one dice; say it lands on a 3.  You then have four 3s
to play, and assuming you can play all four 3a, get to roll again (both
dice as normal).  Other variation is that once every pip is in your
final quadrant, and you start bearing them off; if you roll doubles, you
get to put every pip on that number away.  That is, if you have seven
pips on the 4 slot, and you roll double 4s, you get to put them all away
and roll again.  We also cannot move anyone out of the first quadrant,
at the beginning of the game, until every pip is in play.
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